At the beginning of each quarter students create goals for themselves. The goals are specific for each quarter and not for the entire year. I emphasize that their goals must be measureable and realistic. When the quarter ends students turn back to their goals and reflect if they accomlished them or if they need to continue to work on them.
These goals come from an 8th grader:
I will try not to get in trouble and I will not be disrespectful
I will listen to the teacher and do what they want me to do
I will always do my homework
I will try to ignore what people say to me